The primary purpose of this Project was to reduce intra- and inter-species competition thereby providing conifer release.
Objectives included thinning of overdense lodgepole regeneration to approximately 2200 stems per hectare and the removal of competing deciduous vegetation with the coniferous crop trees.
In July and August of 1999, 139.8 hectares was manually thinned and weeded utilizing brush saws. Stand density was decreased to 2,240 stems per hectare and the weeding process changed the stand composition to 78% coniferous and 22% deciduous vs. the original 56 – 44 split.
Manual – brush saw
Weeding & Thinning